White Sox: Early reports positive on Garcia, Lindstrom

White Sox: Early reports positive on Garcia, Lindstrom
August 2, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Outfielder Avisail Garcia and reliever Matt Lindstrom each made their respective rehab assignment debuts on Friday, with Garcia collecting a pair of hits and Lindstrom throwing an inning of work for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.

Lindstrom allowed one run while allowing one walk and one hit, while Garcia went 2-4 with two strikeouts as the Knights' designated hitter.

Manager Robin Ventura said the reports he received after Friday's games were that Lindstrom "felt fine" and "everything went great" for Garcia. The only hiccup was Lindstrom's name being spelled wrong on his jersey, which read "Linstrom," per the Charlotte Observer's Seth Lakso.

"It’s more of the same for them to continue on their rehab," Ventura said. "When we get to it, we’ll get to it. For them, they’ve been out long enough that they need to stay down there a little bit more.

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The White Sox aren't going to rush either player back, though Lindstrom is on a shorter timeline for his return to the majors. Garcia's rehab assignment has been likened to spring training 2.0, and while it's tempting to rush him back to the majors to see what kind of damage he and Jose Abreu could do in the same lineup the club is sticking to the slowly-but-surely plan. Garcia again started as Charlotte's designated hitter Saturday night and collected three hits in five at-bats.

Still, Garcia not only has to get enough at-bats that he's ready for a call-up but he'll have to play enough games in the outfield for the White Sox to feel confident he's fully recovered from April shoulder surgery.

"I mean, you’re curious," Ventura said of putting Abreu and Garcia in the same lineup. "It’ll be nice when they get back. We’re not sitting here doing the shoulda woulda coulda but you are curious when they come back what it’s going to look like of having those two together. They’re pretty young and you hope that they’ll be together for a long time."